Massage Therapy

 

Relax and breathe deeply. 

 

 

*NEW* Distance Reiki

Promoting therapeutic healing for your physical, mental, and energetic bodies through time and space. Please view the FAQ’s for more information, message or call us 217-356-6543.

 

Mettler Massage Therapy

Life is full of stressors, both good and bad.  We know that stress can have a profound impact on your mental and physical health, leading to pain, fatigue, poor sleep quality, irritability and so much more.

Massage therapy has been proven to help alleviate the effects of stress by rebalancing your nervous system through therapeutic touch. With many options to choose from, let our team of therapists help you decompress, unwind, and feel your best inside and out.

Therapeutic Offerings

Therapeutic massage can help unwind chronic patterns of tension or pain from acute soft tissue injuries by applying various techniques such as dry massage, myofascial release, passive or active stretching with tissue manipulation and deep tissue therapy on the contracted areas in the fascia and deeper muscle layers.

CranioSacral Therapy

Encourage release of deep tension and holding patterns.

Swedish/Relaxation Massage

Slower, soothing massage strokes

Fijian Barefoot Massage

Compression and gentle stretching by therapeutic feet

*NEW* Distance Reiki

Receive healing energy in the comfort of your home.

Reiki

Healing energy technique alone or combined with massage

Prenatal Massage

Massage for expectant mothers for pain or relaxation

Cupping Therapy

Suction therapy for a different dimension of tissue release

Myofascial Release

Unwind tissue restrictions with sustained pressure

Dry Massage

Slow, non-oiled techniques creating friction and shearing

Heat Treatments

Massage with smooth, heated bamboo or basalt stones

Duet (Couple's) Massage*

Side-by-side massages customized to individual needs
*currently unavailable at this time

Spa Offerings

Indulge your senses. Sooth your mind and body with ultimate relaxation and pampering.

Deluxe Facial Massage*

Customized massage to the face, neck, and scalp. Essential oils optional.

*currently unavailable at this time

Deluxe Hand & Foot Treatment

Sugar scrub, heat therapy, and massage for happy hands and feet

Dry Brush Treatment

Stimulate the nervous system through tingly strokes with a body brush
15-minute “add-on” to any massage

F.A.Q.

You massage therapist is dedicated to providing you with a relaxing, therapeutic experience, here are some commonly asked questions.

Have a question we haven’t answered? Click below and ask away!

How is massage different now that it is reopened?

1. Will I have to wear a mask?
Yes, clients and therapists alike will be required to wear a mask.  For face down work, alternative safety precautions may be implemented, as it would be uncomfortable wearing a mask while your head is in the face cradle. (i.e., an additional pillowcase draped underneath as a barrier)

2. Will my massage therapist be wearing gloves?
Probably not, there is not sufficient evidence that this will be any more effective than good handwashing techniques.  The therapist will wash their hands just before starting the massage, and we will also ask our clients to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before the session begins.

3. Will I be able to come inside and wait in the lobby?

We are asking that our clients wait outside until their scheduled appointment time, and not enter the building early in order to minimize the number of people in the building.  Our providers are being instructed to be ready promptly for their appointments as well.

4. Will anything else be different for my massage?

We will ask that talking be kept to a minimum, to minimize the forceful output of breath.  This will be beneficial for creating a more relaxing experience as well!  Although, please do not hesitate to speak up if there is something we can do to enhance your massage experience.

 

What is Distance Healing with Reiki?

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine utilizing energetic properties of healing. It works according to the Hermetic Law of Similarity, which holds that we are all connected, as we are all energy matter and part of a larger whole. Distance Reiki sessions allow the practitioner to focus healing energy to the recipient beyond physical touch through time and space, promoting therapeutic healing for your physical, mental and energetic bodies.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Schedule a time with the practitioner. Though you will not be in the same physical space, you will set aside a time together for the session.  Contact Ashley to schedule.
  2. Connect via email or phone, answer a few questions so Ashley can learn more about you, explain the process, and give you tips on what to do during the session
  3. Find a peaceful space to focus, meditate, and receive the work being done.
  4. Reconnect after the session to discuss anything that came up during the session and compare experiences
Do people fall asleep during a massage?

Yep, some folks do, or at least doze off on occasion. Something about a warm, dark room, relaxing music and nurturing hands can certainly induce a snooze. However, many clients try their best to stay awake so they don’t miss anything! It’s fine with us either way.

What if I only want specific parts of the body worked on?

Great! Every massage treatment should be exactly what you need and want. Whether you want want the full session on your face and scalp, just the legs and feet, just the low back, etc., we will accommodate whatever your body tells you it needs. However, there is a possibility of “overworking” an area and actually creating more tissue trauma or inflammation. Your therapist should be able to recognize that and might suggest moving on to another area.

How often should I get a massage?

This will depend on many factors, such as your specific condition or injury, how you feel after massage, and how long the effects last, and your schedule and budget. It may take a couple of sessions to determine the ideal frequency for you, but your therapist can give suggestions based on these things and how your soft tissues feel and react from treatment to treatment.

What do I wear?

You can wear whatever you like to a massage session. Typically, we leave the massage room and have our clients disrobe and get under sheets and blankets for warmth and modesty, then simply uncover the part of the body we need to work on once the massage begins. We always want our clients to feel 100% safe and comfortable. You have the option of removing all clothing, leaving some on, or even leaving all clothing on if that is your preference. We will adapt to your needs!

What if I want the therapist to change something during the massage?

Definitely speak up! Our job is to adapt and accommodate your needs, and we want you to get the most out of your session. Whether you want more or less pressure, changes in temperature, a different kind of music…anything within our power to adjust is a reasonable request and we encourage you to let us know how we can make your experience perfect! It will not hurt our feelings, we promise.

What type of massage should I schedule?

Unless you are booking something that requires advanced set up (bamboo or hot stone or spa treatments) or a specialized technique (CranioSacral, Reiki, Fijian Barefoot), you don’t need to specify a type of massage. Your therapist will talk with you before the session starts to identify your expectations, what brought you in, your previous experience with massage and how you felt afterward, what areas (if any) you are experiencing pain, etc., and together you will develop a game plan for the session. The therapist will likely use various techniques to achieve the goals you have for the session…even if that is just to relax and unwind!

Does insurance cover massage?

Mettler Center does not accept insurance for massage therapy. However, you may choose to submit your receipt to your insurance company and see if they will provide any individual reimbursement.

Meet the Massage Therapists

Our massage therapists often work in conjunction with our physical therapists and personal trainers to deliver the best treatment to our patients. All have undergone extensive training at an accredited school of massage therapy and have graduated with a minimum of 500 hours of coursework.

Mettlers massage therapists are fully licensed in the state of Illinois, and regularly refine their skills through continuing education, in-house training, and practice with colleagues, and reading up on the latest research and techniques.

 

Jami Kohlmann, LMT, CLT, CPT,CES, CAFS

Jami Kohlmann, LMT, CLT, CPT,CES, CAFS

Massage Services Coordinator & Personal Trainer

Ashley Gaytan, LMT

Ashley Gaytan, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah Elder, LMT

Sarah Elder, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jason Anderson, LMT

Jason Anderson, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Cassandra Griffith, LMT, BCTMB

Cassandra Griffith, LMT, BCTMB

Licensed Massage Therapist

Lisa Dalbey, LMT, RN, NCTMB

Lisa Dalbey, LMT, RN, NCTMB

Licensed Massage Therapist

Testimonials

“I can confidently say that the weekly massage facilitated the healing of my injured muscles. Ashley Gaytan was able to work on the scarring and binding, and loosen things up so I could move more easily and with less pain. After a few months on this program, I jettisoned the cane. After six months, I began to work out again (slowly). But after nine months, I was fixed. I now ride better than before and am again working out vigorously. It is wonderful to feel good again!”

JENNIFER P.

“Cassey has done a few massages on me, both prenatal and non-prenatal. She is absolutely amazing! I have been to other spas and other massages don’t compare to what you get with Cassey. She is extremely professional and does a great job at making sure you get everything you need out of the experience. I have referred my mom and other people to her that require massage therapy. I can’t wait for my next massage with Cassey!”

AMANDA G.

“I have used the Massage services at Mettler Center for many years now. Jason Anderson is one of the massage therapists I often use. He is attuned to my needs and he knows how to work out several areas of tension on my back and neck. I cannot praise enough his techniques and skills. Jason will always ask me if there is something I want him to concentrate on during the massage. I have never felt uncomfortable during our sessions. His attention to details and to my specific needs makes him, in my opinion, an excellent therapist that I will continue to use in the future. “

ALAIN F.

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